Posted by: husbandandfatheroffour | December 20, 2013

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and Free Speech

There are a few debates on what Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson has said in a GQ magazine article but the one I want to talk about is over the outpouring of defenders who say what he said is free speech and are outraged at his suspension from the TV show.

While what he said might be his opinion it is not necessarily protected free speech.  Does he have the right to say it?  Yes.  Does he have the liberty of speaking his mind? Yes.  Is what he said punishable as a crime? No.  Can what he said be censored or interfered with by the government?  No.  Can he lawfully be suspended or fired for what he said by his employer?  Yes.

Your expression of free speech is only constitutionally and federally protected from government interference and not from limitations that private employers may impose on employees.  Employers have the right to suspend or fire you for something you say that they do not like or agree with.  That does not mean you have to agree with what A&E did but you can not scream that it is unlawful because of free speech.  If that was the case then anyone at anytime could say whatever they wanted no matter how mean, hurtful, spiteful, or one sided it was, at work without the employer being able to fire them, all in the name of free speech.  Granted what he said did not seem to be said out of hate or spitefulness but because his employer didn’t like what he said or didn’t like that fact that he ruffled some feathers they have the right to suspend or fire him.    

Another issue I am having is, where were all of these defenders of free speech during other, not so popular outward expressions.  Where were all of you when the man was fired from expressing his opinion over how he thought working for a, “homophobic Chik-fil-A,” was wrong.  Where was everyone defending Paula Dean using the N-word over 30 years ago?  How about when someone burns the American flag or when the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting anything?         

I am not saying that what these people said or how they said them is right or wrong.  What I am saying is that you can’t just try and defend someone’s opinion as free speech just because you like them and then the one’s you don’t like should have to be silenced.  I find it funny how many times that seems to happen.  I can tell you I do not like a thing that Westboro Baptist church stands for and I can not stand the signs they write and the protesting of funerals of military soldiers but I also know that they have the right to voice their opinions without government interference and I support that right whether or not I like them or their actions. 

Mr. Robertson and his family are very popular and have a very popular show, but let me ask you this; if his show was not popular but instead very controversial or if he would have came out very anti-Christian while saying something, would you still be defending him on the basis of free speech?  I am willing to bet there would not be as many people defending him.  We can not just decide to defend one side of free speech when something happens just because we like or don’t like, agree with or disagree with the subject.  In order for it to be considered truly free we must defend both sides at all times whether we agree with the issue or topic or not.    

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  1. Here is what Phil and the cast of Duck Dynasty now needs to do- it is very urgent-
    First of all, he must not back down from his biblical stance. He must not “apologize” for stating God’s truth.Even if it should cost him and family the termination of the show Duck Dynasty. And from what I am reading, he is not backing down, but he must show Christian calmness and love- not anger, bitterness or hate toward A&E.
    Secondly, he must IMMEDIATELY publicly condemn the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church, which in reality is not a church but is instead a hate group. ( And I believe that their underlying motive is to make Christians and the bible look bad in the eyes of the world.) Although the Robertsons are in no way affiliated with the WBC, the WBC has just stated that it supports Robertson and intends to pickett A&E. Even so, as I have stated,their motives are far from good. Their actions have proven their ill will, such as picketting of soldiers funerals and harassing family members of the deceased, wishing for more dead soldiers, and their hatred of homosexuals. They blasphemously claim that there is no hope for homosexuals but scripture says otherwise. Unlike the UnChristian WBC and their message of hate, Phil Robertson must immediately publicly state that he loves homosexuals.That is why he speaks out against the sin of homosexuality and invites them to turn to Christ, repent and be saved in the Lord Jesus. Statistics show that there is much grief associated with the unnatural homosexual lifestyle but there is hope. A joyeous renewed life in Christ and life eternal. When mentioning sins including homosexuality,the apostle Paul notes that some in the church had been homosexuals before they became Christians. Phil needs to mention this and quote first Corinthians – iOr do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.-1 Cor 6:9-11 NIV-
    There is true hope and change! That’s God’s loving message and the message that Phil Robertson wishes to convey.
    As for his comments about African Americans, He needs to make clear that he was referring to a time when many African Americans had faith in Christ. Although sadly,they were under oppression by man’s law, they were living Godly lives. He needs to mention that he was referring to civil rights leaders and those working hard for civil rights years ago, and point out that they were well mannered and well dressed. Why? Because many had a strong belief in God and representing Him as believers, they showed this in their actions and appearance. He needs to state that the original impetus for the civil rights movement was based on a faith in God and equality of all men. He needs to show that no race is lesser than others in the eyes of God and he needs to make the point that homosexuality is a sin as defined by God’s word but being born a certain color or race is no way a sin or mark of inferiority or superiority in the eyes of God. In fact, in Numbers chapter 12 we read that Moses, the writer of the law, married a Cushite woman, (no doubt a dark skinned woman from Africa) but God showed no partiality with Moses choice and even rebuked Aaron and Miriam for speaking against Moses on account of his Cushite wife. See Phil Robertson’s sermon- America needs Jesus- on youtube.


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